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Southwest Vacation Album

In the fall of 2011, Josie and I surprised Karen with a birthday trip to the Southwest. Almost five years later, I am finally scrapbooking that trip. Many huzzahs!

Southwest 2011 Album

Unfortunately I never really blogged about this trip, which is a shame – we visited some mighty beautiful places. I also can’t find the journal I kept on the trip, so I had to rely on my aging brain for memories. Luckily Jo and Karen were able to fill in a few blanks for me as well as provide me with extra photos. Thank you, ladies!

Now, for the design – we’ve already established that I suck at finishing albums (really, what on earth am I even doing starting another one), so in order for this to become a doable project, I decided on a clean layout (which is yet another variant of one of my go-to designs) that is repeated throughout the album.

Ali Edwards released these handwritten Travel Words this month, and they inspired this whole project! I cut them out with my Silhouette and I’m going to use them as my titles for every section of the trip. As for the rest of my supplies, so far I’ve really only used white cardstock, two old sheets of feather patterned paper, and a pack of wood veneer feathers.

Southwest 2011 Album

Oh, and a sheet of vellum with feathers on it too! And these ancient state dies from Quickutz. Behind this vellum opening page, I added some emails I had printed out – some rather hilarious correspondence between us and Karen’s husband when we were planning the trip behind her back.

Then the introduction page, setting up what would become the theme of the trip:

Southwest 2011 Album

Every highlight of the trip will get its own spread, like this one from White Pocket:

Southwest 2011 Album

(Side note – the photos look so much better in real life, I’ve totally blown them out here in an attempt to make the background look white. Photographing layouts is the worst.)

I’m going to just stick to this design since it’s so easy and quick to put together and adds a nice sense of continuity throughout the album. Here’s the spread from Coyote Gulch – same design, but flipped:

Southwest 2011 Album

In addition to these spreads, I also have a bunch of memorabilia that I want to use. Here’s the adorable prairie dog adoption certificate from Bryce National Park – of course I adopted one, those things are basically marmots:

Southwest 2011 Album

The prairie dog postcard was an actual card that I sent home to JK, so I’m leaving it open on the back so you can read it. Well I can, because it’s in Norwegian…and JK and I are probably the only people in the world who can decipher my horrid writing. This is why I use computer journaling on my pages, people.

Southwest 2011 Album

Josie and I always go bananas collecting park stamps from ranger stations, so here are some of those, keeping with the design of the previous pages:

Southwest 2011 Album

The last page of the album is another printed email thread – a really wonderful thank you note from Karen followed by us gushing about how much fun we had. Aaaw.

So what do I still need to do to finish the album?

– make a bunch more section spreads (from the Narrows, Peek-a-Boo & Spooky Canyons, Bryce, Valley of Fire etc)

– make a pocket that will hold a DVD of this video that Karen made from the trip (and a QR code that will take you to the Vimeo link)

– put together a couple more pocket pages filled with memorabilia

I can totally finish this.

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  • Reply Marie Worthing March 29, 2016 at 3:31 am

    It is really awesome. You take such beautiful photos and your pages set them off just right!!!!

  • Reply Kim Edsen March 29, 2016 at 6:48 am

    I found your blog via your interview on the Scrap Gals podcast, and I just had to pipe in and let you know how inspirational your layouts and approach are to me. Best of luck with the album and thank you! (P.S. I don’t think the photos look blown out at all and yes, photographing layouts IS the worst!)

  • Reply CarrieH March 29, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I recently found your blog from Ali Edwards’ site and I so love your scrapbook style. In particular, I love your layouts in this Southwest book. Our family has taken several road trips around the West and I have yet to scrap them, but I am definitely stealing your ideas. I like that the focus is totally on the pictures, but there is room for a good story. Because, really, in 10 years it’ll be the stories that will help us remember all the great times. Thanks so much for sharing and please show us the rest of your book once you finish.

  • Reply Anandi March 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Yes you can!

  • Reply Tiffany March 30, 2016 at 4:35 am

    What a gorgeous album! Your clean and beautiful style is so inspiring…thank you for sharing!

  • Reply E April 14, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I love your style! Your photos and layouts are amazing. Would you mind sharing the dimensions of the photos. I’d love to try this kind of grid.

  • Reply Chunka May 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

    What a beautiful album, love the whole design.

  • Reply Susan May 13, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Truly, truly love your style. Your clean and simple approach is fantastic! Those photos – amazing. Been loving your pages (and blog) for awhile now. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.

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